The Black Orthodox: Double Consciousness and the Pursuit of G-d

With a photo essay in New York magazine, photographer Wayne Lawrence and writer Molly Langmuir document the lives of Black Orthodox Jews in New York City. Langmuir writes that Lawrence “became interested in photographing black Jews after he moved to Crown Heights, where memories still linger of the 1991 riots.” “It’s not that they identify as black Jews, but the fact that they identify as Orthodox,” Lawrence says. “What was surprising to me is that they’d want to be a part of something that didn’t necessarily want them there.”


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